In the 16 months I've spent on Empire Avenue, I've met many of the world's best networkers, visionaries and strategists. It's a fun bunch for sure.
And in the past few months, we've built out quite a community on other networks through the "[X] Bar" group of Empire Avenue fans. With that community, we've done fun stuff like the regular "Xpendapalooza" buying sprees, and several of us are working on "[X] Bar Gives" activities to extend our Empire Avenue community's influence in support of worthy charities.
Sometimes, though, it can be challenging to figure out exactly how to network when in large part Empire Avenue is constructed like a game. We build out all these networks to improve our connection scores - what then? It can also be a bit confusing trying to figure out exactly what is and isn't allowed in various moderated communities based on Empire Avenue connections.
So, I want to make it very clear: The [X] Bar community on Facebook and elsewhere is meant to be about much more than Empire Avenue the game. It is a place where you can feel free to share a blog post you're proud of, a particular business goal or achievement you're excited about, or a personal story. In fact, that kind of content is even better than the next Empire Avenue milestone or goal (we'll see those in your new badges on the Empire Avenue site!). The community is moderated by a bunch of great folks who exercize discretion in keeping the community spam-free and conversational.
To help folks increase the value of their networks, today we're announcing a new [X] Bar tradition - the "Happy 24 Hours," a Sunday-through-Monday opportunity to share your personal, business and other goals and updates about what's important to you. Forget about the dividends for a minute and share what's up with you. We'd love to hear it! (And thanks to Felissa Elfenbein for the idea!)
Citizen media meets the Gov 2.0 movement:
- An education news and advocacy site features the authentic grassroots voices of parents, educators, and students on policies affecting public schools launches a citizen engagement project to revise the nation's omnibus education law, No Child Left Behind;
- Cool Mom Tech, a popular curator of apps and gadgets for tech-savvy women, highlights K12 News Network in in their Friday Picks.
K12 News Network has put NCLB (the Elementary and Secondary Education Act -- ESEA 2002) online in a searchable and commentable format. For this project, and K12NN's collaboration on a Google-maps based tool that showed the effect of an all-cuts budget on California school districts, K12NN CEO/Founder Cynthia Liu won the 2011 HTC Innovator Award at this year's BlogHer.com in San Diego.
“We were thrilled to have HTC as a Platinum sponsor at BlogHer ’11 this year, not only sponsoring our flagship Voices of the Year initiative, but introducing this new Innovator Award from our stage,” said Elisa Camahort Page, co-founder and COO of BlogHer, Inc. “We were looking for creativity and originality amongst the dozens of submissions, and we were so pleased to highlight one of the longtime members of our community with the Award.”
Receiving the award in front of the nation's 4,000 most web-savvy women was key because it's time for stakeholders to articulate what changes to NCLB should be made instead of simply letting the law's revision "happen" to parents of school-aged kids, said Liu. Early adopters at Cool Mom Tech and BlogHer will be the ones to make their voices heard first.
Liu will appear on Gov 2.0 radio sometime in September to discuss the details with Adriel Hampton and Allison Hornery and announce experts and partners.
K12 News Network was launched in January, 2011 and in addition to receiving the HTC Innovator Award, is also a Circle of Moms Top 25 Political Blog.
It’s a concrete example of open data at the municipal level. Shawnee is publishing a variety of maps to their citizens through the YouTown platform, and among these are Police Criminal Incidents and Computer-Aided-Dispatch (CAD) calls. The incidents appear as individual pinpoints on a Google map within the app. Residents can view the most recent activity of law enforcement in Shawnee, which could alert them to possible danger in their area (drunk drivers, burglary, etc.) Further, it sheds light on the moment-by-moment workings of the police department, fostering transparency and accountability -- perhaps even a spirit of camaraderie -- between citizens and law enforcement.
On the Shawnee maps, CAD calls refresh every 30 minutes. Residents can view recent calls about traffic stops, noise complaints, reckless drivers, and even paperwork stops made by officers. Clicking on a specific call provides details like the call number, time the call was received, location, and priority.
The Police Criminal Incidents map displays the last 99 occurrences, such as burglaries, violations of protective orders, information reports, public drunks, and etc. Further information includes date, time, location, and whether the incident is open or closed.
This information is totally open to public view -- an outstanding example of a city striving for openness and connection with citizens. It’s a particularly healthy way to foster transparent government since it deals with law enforcement, a department often subject to criticism, misunderstanding, or distrust. Stephen Nolen, CIO for the City of Shawnee, explains how he accomplished the 911 integration, and how other cities can do the same, in this article.
Yesterday I sent out an email that included two clear opportunities to leverage my network of 60 volunteers and more than 20,000 followers, subscribers, supporters and opt-ins. The first was for reaching the [X] Bar Gives community, and the second was an opportunity to guest blog on the Gov 2.0 Radio site.
Of the several hundred folks who recieved that email, two people really leveraged the opportunity.
Gov 2.0 reporter Alex Howard blogged a roundup of his stories of the week, including a promo for a big package he's doing today. I tweeted out that roundup as well as a couple direct links to great stories I'd missed.
Social media consultant Shonali Burke responded by asking my to be Blue Key Champion and to involved the [X] Bar Gives community in ongoing efforts to support the U.N.'s regugee programs and the Blue Key campaign. This is a great opportunity for our group to be involved in an important social media for social good campaign.
I see many, many people spending great amounts of time on social media. What I don't often see is effective leveraging of opportunity. Please, take the example of Alex and Shonali and use opportunity to push your mission.
It's been a busy summer in Adriel Nation and I wanted to share a few things that may be of interest.
First, the activity and response to organizing all my social tech projects here has been amazing - Adriel Nation now includes more than 23,000 people, including nearly 18,000 supporters.
Here's what we're working on:
A number of friends from Empire Avenue (the social media stock market site thatclosed its Series A funding round today) are interested in leveraging our collective networks to promore charities and special events. If you've got a charity that could use promotion by some of the world's most active social media users, check out [X] Bar Gives. We're also seeking sponsorships for this effort, which would go towards a part-time community manager to really get things going strong.
My new political club, the SF Tech Dems, is looking to put its mark on politics in the Bay Area and state of California by advocating smart technology spending and policy and getting more technologists involved in the Democratic Party. If you're interested, please check it out and leave your feedback.
Third Thursdays SF, a monthly mixer for folks interested in gov social media, technology's impact on civic life, and in developing with open data is going strong. Please join us or feel free to promote your own civic tech events on the Adriel Nation calendar. I freely share events and guest blogs with my social media networks.
My company, NationBuilder, led by Jim Gilliam - creator of Act.ly and GovLuv - continues to grow. If you're looking for an online organizing solution for your nonprofit, small business or political campaign (including free access to the voter file), check out our free trial. And please let your friends know about this low-cost organizing resource.
I'm an advisor for LegiNation, a cool gov data startup that is soon launching a 50-state legislative information service. If you've got a professional need for state-level legislative alerts, get in on the BillTrack50 beta by emailing Karen Suhaka, Karen@legination.com.
I'm now a regular columnist for The Social Media Monthly, the world's first print magazing devoted to exploring the impacts of social media. It's available in your local Barnes & Noble, and in the next edition I address the "real names" controvery at Google+.
Finally, Gov 2.0 Radio continues to grow, and CivicTec's Allison Hornery out of Sydney has been a great resource as our new regular co-host. We recently talked to Reno.gov webmaster Kristy Filfelski (pictured) and Chicago CTO John Tolva, and later this month we'll be live with Maryland CIO Brian Sivak and World Bank Open Data Evangelist Tariq Khokhar. Gov 2.0 Radio is also seeking sponsorhips; if you're interested, just drop me a line. Visit G2R's home on Adriel Nation to listen to archive episodes and subscribe by RSS.
With the NationBuilder platform, I've opened up the Empire Avenue [X] Bar community calendar, my Third Thursdays civic tech event calendar and both my personal blog and the Gov 2.0 Radio blog for guest posting by any logged in user. Please, please, take advantage of this global organization to get the world out about important ideas and events.
There's no shortage of news in intersection of technology, open government and society this month. Following are the the week's top stories from the Gov 2.0 channel of Govfresh, the open government blog that Luke Fretwell founded a little over two years ago. (Adriel knows it well, as a frequent contributor there himself. I'm glad to find he's opened up a community channel here at WiredToShare!)
- Apps for the Environment: Can developer and government talk?
- Jennifer Pahlka: Do more than leave or speak up. Make open government work better.
- Pew: Search and email are nearly universal among adult Internet users
- ExpertLabs: The future of open government is citizen-focused
- Health 2.0: Todd Park talks about open data and healthcare at NYC Hacks and Hackers
- Notes from the third White House Open Government Partnership consultation
- Kundra: Closing the IT gap is the key to making government work better for the American people
- Carmi Levy: open government is about leveraging technology and citizens to do more with less
- Department of Veterans Affairs releases progressive, structured social media policy
Join Allison Hornery and Adriel Hampton for a chat with Kristy Fifelski, of GovGirl.com and Reno.gov. Kristy shares about Reno's planned inaugural civic hackathon, her GovGirl video series, the upcoming National Association of Government Webmasters conference, and the new NV.gov.
Nicholas Skytland is NASAs program manager for the Open Government Initiative. Adriel Hampton and Allison Hornery talk to him about open government and NASAs public participation and innovation programs.
Join Gov 2.0 Radio's Allison Hornery and Adriel Hampton for a discussion with Brett Husbands, CEO of Firmstep, and a look at the launch of AchieveCity, a hosted Drupal solution for municipalities to quickly stand up a free website.
YouTown helps local governments go mobile with basic public services. Join Gov 2.0 Radio's Allison Hornery, Steve Lunceford and Adriel Hampton for a conversation with founder Michael Riedyk and local government technology advocate and new YouTown employee Sid Burgess.